Elijah Wood is really getting into the Halloween spirit. The actor, who used to be associated with Hobbits and tap-dancing penguins, has been immersing himself into the horror genre lately with relish and continues the streak with 'Cooties,' a new horror-comedy about murderous children he'll both star in and produce.

'Cooties' was co-written by 'Insidious' and 'Saw' scribe Leigh Whannell, along with Ian Brennan, writer and co-creator of Fox's 'Glee.' (So far, a unique assemblage of names, wouldn't you agree?) To be directed by Ace Norton, the film begins when a mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless savages. An unlikely hero must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against the monstrous pupils.

Wood will produce 'Cooties' with partners Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller under his new horror film production company, The Woodshed. He recently wrapped the suspense thriller 'Grand Piano' and has the shocker 'Maniac' awaiting release. Used to be such a nice guy, too.

Also producing the film is Steven Schneider, who produces the 'Paranormal Activity' films and worked on 'Insidious' with Whannell.

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